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Drain the Oceans

Drain the Oceans

National Geographic 2018

Maritime mysteries -- old and new -- come to life in this 10-episode series, combining scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Innovative technology allows viewers to see what lies on the floors of large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as if they had been drained. Then, in a quest to explain natural wonders and man-made catastrophes, stories tell of how vessels sank, what ancient geological formations reveal about life on Earth, where Nazi secrets now reside, and why so many continue to search for the legendary city of Atlantis.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Drain the Oceans

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#1 - The Atomic Ghost Fleet

8.05

Season 3 - Episode 1

A high-tech survey reveals the dark secrets of U.S. nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 22 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S2E3

#2 - Killer U-Boats

7.85

Season 2 - Episode 3

Shedding light on German U-Boats, the world’s first stealth weapons.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 20 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S2E8

#3 - Pacific War Megawrecks

7.80

Season 2 - Episode 8

A high-tech expedition searches for the iconic lost wrecks of the Battle of the Pacific.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 20 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S3E2

#4 - The Viking Seas

7.70

Season 3 - Episode 2

After vanishing in the Baltic over 450 years ago, a formidable battleship reveals secrets.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 20 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E10

#5 - Malaysia Airlines 370

7.70

Season 1 - Episode 10

Where is Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? CGI reconstruction reveals the challenges of locating an aircraft that goes missing in the deep ocean.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 33 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S2E2

#6 - Secrets of New York City

7.67

Season 2 - Episode 2

Submerged shipwrecks and subterranean secrets reveal the story of New York City’s rise.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 24 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S2E4

#7 - Buried Secrets of the Gold Rush

7.59

Season 2 - Episode 4

Winners took all in the race to get rich in the California and Klondike gold rushes; unearthing the ships involved reveals the risks taken to go west.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 29 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S2E7

#8 - Secrets of the Spanish Armada

7.50

Season 2 - Episode 7

Spain's attempted conquest of England fails when its Armada is defeated; by draining the ocean, it is revealed that the English stole shipbuilding technology to build their own empire.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 22 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E7

#9 - Egypt's Lost Wonders

7.48

Season 1 - Episode 7

The Nile was central to ancient Egypt. Draining its water reveals a lost wonder and the origins of the Egyptians’ obsession with the afterlife.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 29 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S3E4

#10 - The Battle of Britain

7.47

Season 3 - Episode 4

In summer 1940, Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Now we uncover the wrecks that reveal the truth behind the Battle of Britain.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 17 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E4
#11 - Sunken Treasures
7.45
Season 1 - Episode 4

Treasure hunting has captured our imaginations for centuries. Draining the oceans reveals the richest wrecks ever found.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 33 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S3E7
#12 - Raiders of the Civil War
7.44
Season 3 - Episode 7

Draining American rivers, seas and oceans reveals military tactics from the American Civil War that rewrote the rules of warfare forever.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 18 votes.

#13 - Secrets of D-Day
7.43
Season 2 - Episode 1

Sonar technology heads beneath Normandy's waves for a powerful look at the hundred plus ships wrecked during the largest amphibious invasion ever.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 23 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E9
#14 - Ultimate Battleships
7.43
Season 1 - Episode 9

The hidden secrets of WWI's powerful weapons are revealed by draining the North Sea.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 28 votes.

#15 - Hitler's Killer Warships
7.41
Season 2 - Episode 12

Shedding new light on Hitler's reign of terror and ultimate demise.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 17 votes.

#16 - Lost Giants
7.40
Season 2 - Episode 13

Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of the biggest wrecks ever sunk beneath the seas; new scientific data combines with cutting-edge computer graphics to drain the oceans to investigate the world's most awe-inspiring wrecks.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 15 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S3E8
#17 - The Last Wrecks of WWII
7.40
Season 3 - Episode 8

Hitler’s latest weapons sink during a top-secret U-boat mission. An American aviation breakthrough brings victory to the Allies in the Pacific.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 20 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E3
#18 - Lost Worlds of the Mediterranean
7.37
Season 1 - Episode 3

The secrets of lost ancient civilizations come to light when the Mediterranean is drained.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 41 votes.

#19 - Secrets of Loch Ness
7.36
Season 2 - Episode 11

Emptying the lake to finally reveal the monster's identity.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 22 votes.

Drain the Oceans - S1E1
#20 - Nazi Secrets
7.33
Season 1 - Episode 1

The hidden secrets of the Nazis are revealed when the oceans covering them are drained using CGI animation.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Drain the Oceans from 54 votes.

Last updated: oct 27, 2020

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Currently there is confusion over episode 1x10 Villains of the Underworld. I have been trying to get it straightened out at theTVDB.com but no success yet. This episode was originally listed as the series premiere by NatGeo, but now it is not part of this series at all. NatGeo has another series, "Best of: Drain the Oceans", which include this episode as the premiere and other "Drain the ..." documentary movies from years past. People keep editing the TVDB and now have it as 1x02. Please be patient as I'm trying to get it straitened out as quickly as possible. For those that are trying to keep up with this show, the season finale "Malaysia Airlines 370" will air Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:00 PM.

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